The total American soybean harvest is 96 percent complete
By Diego Flammini
American producers in six of the top 18 soybean-producing states have completed their 2017 soybean harvest, according to the USDA’s Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin for the week ending Nov. 19.
Growers in Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota are finished with this year’s soybean harvest.
In total, the American soybean harvest is 96 percent complete. That number is up from 93 percent last week.
Farmers in North Carolina have completed 63 percent of their soybean harvest. That number is the lowest of the documented states but is up from 54 percent last week.
U.S. corn producers have finished 90 percent of the total 2017 corn harvest, according to the USDA.
That number is up from 83 percent last week but down from the 96 percent harvest completion recorded at the same time last year.
Farmers in Tennessee and North Carolina have wrapped up their corn harvest.
Corn producers in Wisconsin have completed 69 percent of their corn harvest. That number is the lowest of the 18 recorded states but is up from 56 percent last week.
The 2017 U.S. winter wheat crop continues to develop.
As of Nov. 19, 88 percent of the winter wheat crop has emerged. That number is up from 84 percent last week and on par with the five-year average.
About 99 percent of the winter wheat in South Dakota has emerged, according to the USDA. That number is up slightly from 97 percent last week.
And 30 percent of the winter wheat crop in California has emerged. That number is the lowest of the 18 states recorded but does represent a 10 percent increase from last week.
USDA ranked 44 percent of the winter wheat crop as good.
Days suitable for fieldwork
Arizona and Maine had the most suitable fieldwork days (seven) for the week ending Nov. 19, the USDA reports.
Michigan had the fewest suitable fieldwork days (2.7) during the same week.
Weekly precipitation levels
The next Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin will be released Nov. 28.